Our 10 day juice fast was amazing, juicing for health is something we will do for the rest of our lives. Read on for all the details of what we did.
These are both the same thing.
I prefer to use the word feast rather than fast because;
This is really just a matter of semantics but I have come to know that the words we choose carry an energy that is very strong and our words do affect much. I believe it is very important to always choose words carefully and consciously.
I choose the term JUICE FEAST as I love the feelings and energy that come with that.
But because people may not yet be too familiar with that term I will still use the word fast here and there throughout this page.
Juice feasting (or doing a juice fast) means to drink only fresh made green juices for a period of time.
During this time no solid meals are ingested.
Low glycemic fruits and vegetables that are organic, ripe and in season are used to make the juices.
Coconut water and herbal teas (fresh, no additives) can also be had as well as vegetable broth soup, chia drinks and even some healthy fats (coconut oil for example).
Juice feasting is a type of detox cleanse. It is a time of retreat for your entire being. It is a time to allow your physical and emotional body to heal, recover, repair and/or release what it can at this time.
When you are juicing for health like this, it is important to support yourself as much as possible;
It also helps to:
What I will share with you is what we did, this may not be the best recipe for you but it is what worked well for us this time.
This is what our fridge looked like on Day One of our juice feast;
The more prepared you are the easier this will be. We shopped mostly at our local Farmers Market and stocked up the night before Day One and then re-stocked as needed as the feast went on.
We did our juice fast for 10 days and this was basically what we had each day (per person);
Since writing this page, I have added in the following on subsequent juice feasts / juice fasts / cleansing fasts:
On average, our 10 juice feast costs us less than $14/day per person.
This juice fast was done in America, so keep in mind that costs may be different depending on where you are in the world. In most tropical parts of the world these costs would be much less.
If you shop in expensive grocery stores or order lots from juice bars, your costs will be much more.
I provide this information to give you an idea that you can work with. Here is a detailed account of what we bought and the costs.
This is for 2 people doing 10 days of juicing (in US dollars) in 2013:
SUB-TOTAL = $226
From a Juice Bar (the few times we didn't make at home):
SUB-TOTAL = $50.03
GRAND TOTAL = $276.03 ($13.80 per day per person)
Tips to keeping your costs down;
This is what we used during our juice fast:
In a word - AMAZING!!
Before the juice feast I was tired a lot and often couldn't get myself motivated to do all the things I wanted to do.
By Day 5 I had oodles of energy (and still do now 3 days into eating again). I felt and still feel more focused and much more productive.
I felt satisfied during the feast, not hungry and no cravings. The trick here is to make sure you are giving yourself enough juice, spaced out throughout the day so as to not get hungry and start craving for food.
would recommend doing a pre-cleanse before starting and the length of
your pre-cleanse is determined by how toxic your diet and lifestyle is.
The reason for the pre-cleanse is to stave off ill and/or uncomfortable
feelings (headaches, nausea, flu-like symptoms, etc.) during your juice
feast. Click here to read more about what happens when your body is in cleanse mode and how you may feel.
You can do some colon cleansing (enemas, colemas or colonics) while juice feasting but we didn't find that necessary this time. We felt great and our bowels moved well during the entire feast ... if that is not the case for you, consider cleansing your colon to assist in removal of toxins.
Speaking of the colon; I had a solid elimination on Day One and thereafter my bowels moved often but always liquid. This will be different for each person and can be different for the same person during subsequent feasts or detox cleanses.
I didn't lose much weight during the feast and neither did John. Maybe a few pounds each. We weren't juicing for weight loss, we were juicing for health so we certainly weren't focused on weight loss being our goal.
I truly believe that our bodies are innately wise - during a feast such as this your body will only release what it is able to at this time. For some, that may be lots of weight, for others it may be some old emotional baggage, it may be a physical healing or perhaps a combination.
Each time I do a retreat
like this, I simply put things in place (within and around me) to
support my retreat experience and then let my body get on with whatever
it most needs to attend to during that time.
Introducing solid foods back into your days is a very important part of any detox cleanse, including juice feasting.
Your digestive system hasn't broken down any solid matter for 10 days and it needs time to slowly adjust back to digesting solid and more complex foods.
This is, in many ways, the most important part of doing any sort of cleanse or juice fast.
a juice feast or any cleansing fast is important but, more important is
how you break your fast and the diet and lifestyle choices you make in
between your cleanses.
During your first few days of eating, it is very important to do the following;
Our first meals consisted of lots of cucumbers and tomatoes. As you move forward keep in mind proper food combining rules (tips for better digestion) when planning your meals.
I also prepared kale chips, coconut jerky, pesto sauce and tomato basil coconut wraps for us to have as the days moved forward.
Every time we had a juice we were flooding our body and every cell of our body with high quality and easily absorbable nutrients.
Since we were only doing juice our, usually overworked, digestive system was at rest which freed up energy to heal, repair, recover, release and grow in whatever capacity we could.
day juice feast was a priceless gift we gave ourselves. We will
continue to do juice fasts like this for the rest of our lives. And,
in between, we still make a fresh green juice every
morning and make the best diet and lifestyle choices we can each day.
bodies have an immense capacity for healing - anything!! Our job is
simply to provide the right environment for our body to do what it
innately knows how to do.
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